Hotels – St Pancras Renaissance……….

The St Pancras Hotel in London is about to be re-opened after a major £150 million transformation.

A landmark to us Londoners, this Victorian Gothic monolith has been empty for the past 23 years, after several decades as the offices of British Rail, and it will be good to see it come to life again.

It began its life as the Midland Grand 138 years ago and originally had 300 bedrooms and eight bathrooms.  Thankfully this has now been turned into 245 en-suite rooms.  There are 38 Victorian Suites in the original building, many overlooking the station concourse, and the remaining 207 rooms are in a sympathetic red-brick extension.

The older rooms have souring high ceilings and original chimney pieces.

G A Design International oversaw the work and were advised by English Heritage on the colour palette.  Restorers and craftsmen were used to restore the vaulted ceilings, gold leaf plasterwork and the murals.

I’m not a great lover of Victorian architecture but I can’t help but be impressed by these dramatic public spaces.

And I wouldn’t say no to a drink in the ‘Booking Office Bar’.  Anyone?

Images from: Manhattan Loft Corporation and Marriot Hotels

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3 Comments

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    St Pancras International

    May 11, 2011

    St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is just spectacular, absolutely beautiful! Loved my stay there and would highly recommend it! 🙂 🙂 Kay.

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    Kelly

    April 11, 2011

    I look forward to seeing this renovation, having had to help restore an Victorian Gothic Revival Building in Oxford I can appreciate staying with the original schemes. What a magnificent building, those stairs and windows. I will have to get on my bike and have a look.
    Really good review.

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    Heather

    April 11, 2011

    Good heads up, Carole! I didn’t even know about this. I must agree with you re: Victorian style (I find it quite oppressive), but from what we can see from these images, it looks worthy of a visit. Although I can’t help but wonder why (oh why…) they didn’t ‘play’ with it – do you know what I mean? That starry wallpaper makes me feel decidedly depressed. I guess when you’re designing within a building that has such a definite vernacular, there is a danger of creating little (and big) pockets of conflict, throughout. Still, not one to make my heart race, it has to be said, but there’ll be many people in utter raptures over it.

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